Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores in the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure

Photo by Jeremy Koreski / Nimmo Bay.

We are currently raising funds to stop commercial trophy hunting in more than a quarter of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia.

We’ve already raised $326,059 of our total goal of $1.92 million

17%

Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure

Sitting on the coast of British Columbia, Canada, the Southern Great Bear tenure covers 18,239 km2, more than a quarter of the Great Bear Rainforest. Purchasing this tenure protects dozens of species from being commercially trophy hunted because it gives us the exclusive rights to commercially guide trophy hunters. 

We buy the rights to guide people to shoot wildlife – and our clients choose not to shoot the wildlife.

The Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure map in the Great Bear Rainforest.

The Southern tenure contains significant populations of grizzlies, cougars, black bears, wolves, and Roosevelt elk left in BC and contains six major coastal inlets, over 10 major river systems with critical estuaries and countless smaller named and unnamed watersheds that support healthy ecosystems – from Smith Inlet to Toba Inlet. This purchase also exemplifies the new economy as there are more than 19 ecotourism companies who rely on respectful wildlife viewing.

Photo by Michelle Valberg

Permanent end to commercial trophy hunting

Raincoast controls the commercial hunting rights in five tenures, more than 38,000 km2 of the BC coast – an area larger than Vancouver Island or the entire country of Belgium. 

Through the acquisition of these tenures, we own the commercial hunting rights in perpetuity, thus protecting all coastal carnivores that would be, otherwise, subject to trophy hunting.

Photo by Taylor Burke.

Buying hunting territories, a permanent fix

Raincoast began purchasing hunting tenures back in 2005, when it was clear a different solution to the vagaries of political objectives was needed. Despite our campaign success 20 years ago, achieving a province-wide moratorium on grizzly hunting, the trophy hunt ban was overturned by a subsequent government following a provincial election. Purchasing tenures appeared to be the only permanent solution to stopping commercial trophy hunting.  Purchasing hunting tenures demonstrated our support for the  First Nations control of their resources in the Great Bear Rainforest. 

In 2017, after 20 year of public campaigning, the province ended the grizzly trophy hunt. While welcomed and long fought, this did not negate the need for protection for the other approximately 60 species that trophy hunters are allowed to exploit. Acquiring hunting territories is a permanent solution, not just for grizzlies, but for all carnivores hunted for trophies.

Working with First Nations

Your support will help Raincoast and our First Nations partners end commercial trophy hunting in their territories. Purchasing these tenures is one small part of the process of respecting the autonomy of First Nations communities in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Our ultimate goal is to secure the rights to all commercial trophy hunting tenures in the Great Bear Rainforest. We now stand poised to complete the job.

Elk in the woods
Photo by Kristian Gillies.

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Photo by Finn Steiner.